Saturday, December 7, 2013
A sweet, little Baby Clothes Memory Blanket. Now that we have entered the cold, dreary, dark portion of winter, I enjoy, even more, working on baby blankets. The patterns and colors are so cheerful and always lift my spirits. Maybe AI need to add daisies and flamingos and ladybugs to my outifts!
Friday, December 6, 2013
That is a lot of Harley Davidson T Shirts cut up to make these three Harley T Shirt Memory Quilts! I was contacted by a woman whose friend lost her dear husband to melanoma. She asked if I could create three blankets - one for Donna, one for her daughter and one for her husband's mother.
We decided on two 12-Block blankets and one 20-Block. I like the sashing fabric. The Harley shirts have a lot of words and graphics, so a good contrast is needed. Check out some of the neat shirts lower down in this post.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Let's start with machines.
Janome Memory Craft 6300 - This is my machine. I have not written a review yet on my blog, but this is a wonderful machine for those entering into a more professional realm. It has a larger distance than most machines between the needle and side which makes it great for quilting. It sews very well over thick layers. It has a large number of stitches and is at a price point significantly lower than most professional machines. I've had mine for a year now and just love it.
This pincushion would be very practical!
|Janome Memory Craft 6300|
Janome Serger - This serger looks like a beauty! I have no idea how expensive it is, but it does both overlock and cover hem. Usually you need two machines to do that!
|Janome 1200 D Serger|
The Huskylock 901 - I received this as a gift from my husband a number of years ago. This serger has been a workhorse. I have used it a ton! I only recently have had frustrations with it because of the baby clothes memory quilts I am making. I sew over 3-5 layers of clothing, which is why I'd like more of a workhorse of a serger. If and when I upgrade, Annie will get my serger and I'm sure she'll get many more years of service from it.
Singer - My first sewing machine was a Singer. I sewed on it for 17 years with very few problems. I still have it but do not use it. I can't bear to part with it. We bought Annie this entry-level Singer machine 3 years ago. She has used it a ton! It took her a while to get used to the bobbin - which is not a drop-in. When my friends ask about sewing machines for their kids, I do not hesitate to recommend this. We got it for a little more than $100. To get a machine with a drop-in bobbin, it was an additional $150. Annie has grown to understand her machine.
Brother - I have not sewn on a brother, but when I was researching machines a year ago, the Project Runway was listed as the best in Consumer Reports.
|Brother Project Runway|
Every sewist would love an adorable pin cushion. I love the creations from Made In Lowell. I bought myself the pincushion ring and adore it!
|MadeinLowell Pincushion Ring|
You can find some great jewelry and accessories on Etsy!
|Words Truly Glass Dome Pendant|
|Yes, I bought this for myself!|
Good cutting tools are a must. Here are a few of my favorites.
|Classic Gingher Dressmaking Shears|
|Gingher Thread Snips|
|Fiskar's Rotary Cutter|
|Guttermann Thread Set|
|LiliDMagpieCreations Beach Shard Button|
|Paisley Magic Tote Bag|
|Flamingo Toes Sewing Caddy|
Classes! Why not give the gift of a class. That is something that I often won't spend money on myself. You can give a gift card from Craftsy or pick out a specific class.
|Classes from Craftsy|
A craft apron is very handy both for working and for craft shows.
This thread spool ornament is adorable and simple to make!
Combine my two favorite hobbies - sewing and drinking wine!
Why can't they design sewing machines with proper lighting? Have you ever tried sewing anything black at night? It's impossible! But even during the day I need additional lighting aimed right at my sewing foot.
I'm still searching for the perfect marking pen. I'd like to give this one a try.
These are just a few ideas I have gathered. I'd love to hear your ideas! Feel free to share a link and I'll add it to my list. I've created a Pinterest Board, too, of gift ideas for Sewists.